Luke Sanders (Jade Kimmel/Combat Press)

RFA 20 Heads to Denver on Nov. 7, Features Bantamweight Title Fight

On Friday, Nov. 7, Resurrection Fighting Alliance returns to the Denver area for its 20th event. The promotion will once again visit the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colo. The night’s main card airs live on AXS TV.

In the night’s main event, the promotion will crown a new bantamweight champion as unbeaten Luke Sanders takes on Jarred Mercado. Sanders enters the contest with a perfect, 8-0 record. The 28-year-old XFC veteran has picked up wins over Dan Moret and Darrick Minner inside the RFA cage. The Colorado-based Mercado has tasted defeat just once in his 13-fight career. A former Northwestern wrestler, Mercado earned a decision win over Daniel Swain at RFA 16 in July.

The co-main event of the evening will feature a pair of battle-tested welterweights as Colorado’s Josh Cavan takes on Benjamin Smith. Cavan saw his four-fight winning streak end in July in a hard-fought war with current UFC fighter Chris Heatherly. Smith is a product of Xtreme Couture. The 34-year-old has reeled off four straight leading into the contest, but will be looking for his first win under the RFA banner.


Also announced for the card is a welterweight clash between UFC and TUF veteran Gilbert “Jamal” Smith and Serbian submission artist Bojan Velickovic, a light heavyweight bout between Cody Mumma and Colton Vaughn, a bantamweight match-up between Boston Salmon and James DeHerrera, a featherweight contest between UFC veteran Alvin “Kid” Robinson and Fabio Serrao and a women’s atomweight affair between Stephanie Skinner and Kyra Batara.

Additional bouts for the preliminary card are expected to be revealed in the coming weeks.

Current RFA 20 Fight Card
Luke Sanders vs. Jarred Mercado – for vacant bantamweight title
Josh Cavan vs. Benjamin Smith
Gilbert “Jamal” Smith vs. Bojan Velickovic
Cody Mumma vs. Colton Vaughn
Alvin “Kid” Robinson vs. Fabio Serrao
Boston Salmon vs. James DeHerrera
Stephanie Skinner vs. Kyra Batara